Gray 2020 RAV4

2020 Toyota RAV4

Blue 2020 Toyota Highlander

2020 Toyota Highlander

2020 Toyota RAV4

2020 Toyota Highlander


Starting Price

2.5L 4-cylinder

Base Engine

3.5L 6-cylinder
28/35 mpg**

City/Hwy MPG

21/29 mpg**
37.6 cubic feet

Cargo Volume

83.7 cubic feet
1,500 pounds

Max Towing

1,500 pounds



2020 Toyota RAV4 vs. 2020 Toyota Highlander

Many Richmond families and off-road adventurers are familiar with the capability provided by Toyota AWD vehicles. However, if you’re having trouble choosing between the 2020 Toyota RAV4 and the 2020 Toyota Highlander, Toyota South is here for you. Both vehicles offer excellent performance, interior convenience features, and even hybrid trim levels, which make them ideal vehicles for your daily Lexington commute or your next camping trip. Here, Toyota South explores the differences in their price, performance, interior, and hybrid models. If you have a specific question about either vehicle, or if you want to arrange a test drive, feel free to contact us.

2020 RAV4 vs. Highlander: Price

When you consider the differences between the Toyota RAV4 vs. Highlander, the first thing you’ll notice is the contrast in their starting prices. In short, the 2020 Toyota Highlander has a higher starting price than the 2020 Toyota RAV4. This is mostly due to it being a midsize crossover with more seating, a more powerful engine, and more cargo space than the Toyota RAV4, which is classified as a compact SUV. Explore the starting prices for the Toyota RAV4 vs. Highlander configurations:

2020 Toyota RAV4 Pricing by Trim:

  • LE – $25,950 MSRP*
  • LE Hybrid – $28,350 MSRP*
  • XLE – $27,245 MSRP*
  • XLE Hybrid – $29,645 MSRP*
  • XLE Premium – $29,950 MSRP*
  • Adventure – $33,055 MSRP*
  • TRD Off-Road – $35,280 MSRP*
  • XSE Hybrid – $34,300 MSRP*
  • Limited – $34,480 MSRP*
  • Limited Hybrid – $36,880 MSRP*

2020 Toyota Highlander Pricing by Trim:

  • L – $34,600 MSRP*
  • LE – $36,800 MSRP*
  • Hybrid LE – $38,200 MSRP*
  • XLE – $39,600 MSRP*
  • Hybrid XLE – $41,000 MSRP*
  • Limited – $43,650 MSRP*
  • Hybrid Limited – $45,050 MSRP*
  • Platinum – $46,850 MSRP*
  • Hybrid Platinum – $48,250 MSRP*

If you’re looking to save on your monthly payments, then the Toyota RAV4 offers nearly all the features you love in a Toyota SUV at an affordable price. However, if you need the extra space and power provided by the Highlander, you can still get the features you need at driver-friendly pricing, especially if you take advantage of our new vehicle specials.

2020 RAV4 vs. Highlander: Interior Dimensions

Another thing you should consider when buying an SUV is how much space you’ll need for your friends and family. Even though the Toyota RAV4 is considered a compact SUV, it still provides abundant space for your groceries and DIY essentials. However, the Toyota RAV4 can only seat 5 people comfortably; if you need a larger seating capacity and cargo space for your camping equipment, then the mid-sized Toyota Highlander is the best choice for you. Compare the RAV4 or Highlander interior dimensions:

2020 Toyota RAV4 Dimensions:

  • Headroom(front/rear): 37.7/39.5 inches
  • Hip Room(front/rear): 54.3/47.7 inches
  • Legroom(front/rear): 41.0/37.8 inches
  • Shoulder Room(front/rear): 57.8/56.4 inches
  • Passenger Volume: 98.9 cubic feet
  • Cargo Volume (behind front/rear seats): 69.8/37.6 cubic feet

2020 Toyota Highlander Dimensions:

  • Headroom(first/second/third row): 41.2/39.4/36.1 inches
  • Hip Room(first/second/third row): 57.2/57.0/45.6 inches
  • Legroom(first/second/third row): 42.0/41.0/27.7 inches
  • Shoulder Room(first/second/third row): 59.0/58.7/55.0 inches
  • Passenger Volume: 141.3 cubic feet
  • Cargo Volume (behind first/second/third row): 84.3/48.4/16.0 cubic feet

2020 RAV4 vs. Highlander: Engines & MPG

When it comes to performance, Toyota vehicles are some of the best on the market. Not only do they have a well-documented history of being reliable vehicles that last for years on Berea roads, but their newest editions are some of the most fuel-efficient cars on the market. When comparing the Toyota RAV4 vs. Highlander, you’ll find that the Toyota RAV4 has a more fuel-efficient engine that will help you save at the gas pump. However, the Toyota Highlander has a stronger engine, which will help you reach higher speeds faster and pull heavier loads. Compare the engine specs of the RAV4 and Highlander:

2020 Toyota RAV4 Engine Specs:

  • 2.5L Dynamic Force 4-Cylinder Engine
  • 203 hp
  • 184 lb-ft of torque
  • 27 mpg City/35 mpg highway** fuel economy

2020 Toyota Highlander Engine Specs:

  • 3.5L V6 Engine
  • 295 hp
  • 263 lb-ft of torque
  • 21 mpg city/27 mpg highway** fuel economy

2020 RAV4 Hybrid vs. Highlander Hybrid

During your time comparing the Toyota RAV4 vs. Highlander, you may have noticed that each model has an available hybrid edition for Lexington drivers. The Toyota RAV4 Hybrid and the Toyota Highlander Hybrid both come with a hybrid powertrain that helps you save on fuel while keeping all the features you love from both models.

Compare the RAV4 Hybrid vs. the Highlander Hybrid, and you’ll find they have similar differences as their gas-powered counterparts. The Highlander Hybrid will give Richmond families more space and performance capabilities, but it will be more expensive and it won’t be as fuel-efficient. Similarly, the RAV4 Hybrid is cheaper and more fuel-efficient but also smaller and lacks the power the Highlander Hybrid can provide. Regardless of the model you choose, each model offers a hybrid-focused driving experience, so you can take advantage of superior fuel economy and stay on the road for longer in Lexington.

If you’re not sure you’re ready to commit to a fully hybrid vehicle, the gas-powered RAV4 and Highlander come with Hybrid trim levels for you to consider:

2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Trim Levels:

  • LE Hybrid
  • XLE Hybrid
  • XSE Hybrid
  • Limited Hybrid

2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Trim Levels:

  • Hybrid LE
  • Hybrid XLE
  • Hybrid Limited
  • Hybrid Platinum

These hybrid trim levels give you the improved fuel efficiency of the hybrid models without sacrificing the performance capabilities of the gas-powered RAV4 or Highlander. You can learn more about the Toyota Hybrid line-up and specialized trim levels when you arrange a time to visit Toyota South.

Test Drive the Toyota RAV4 and Highlander at Toyota South

Now that you’ve compared the Toyota RAV4 vs Highlander and the RAV4 Hybrid vs. Highlander Hybrid, come to our showroom to see these impressive new vehicles in person! You can explore their interiors and performance capabilities in our online model showroom or set up a time to explore the RAV4 or Highlander firsthand. When you’re ready to buy, our finance team will help you start the car-buying process. We look forward to helping you find the perfect Toyota SUV for your lifestyle!

*MSRP excludes destination, taxes, title and registration fees. Starting at price refers to the base model, optional equipment not included. A more expensive model may be shown. Pricing and offers may change at any time without notification. To get full pricing details, see your dealer.

**EPA-estimated fuel economy.


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